VIDEO: Slick new SkyTrain cars hit the tracks

Bigger windows, more room and a quieter ride among the features passengers will notice with new generation of SkyTrain

New Mark III SkyTrain cars are now going into service on TransLink's rapid transit lines.




New Mark III SkyTrain cars will soon roll into service on the Expo Line.

TransLink officials say passengers will notice larger windows, including a bigger front windshield, as well as a quieter ride and more space for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, luggage and standing riders.

Each car has 30 seats – three fewer than the previous generation – and passengers can walk from car to car the length of each train.

In addition to a map of stations that lights up indicating where a train is – a feature of Mark II trains – a new illuminated sign at the end of each train will indicate the destination, similar to what exists on Canada Line trains.

The new SkyTrain cars were built by Bombardier in Ontario and have undergone extensive testing in recent months.

A total of seven four-car Mark III trains will eventually be in service.

TransLink paid $90.7 million for the 28 new SkyTrain cars in part to ensure extra capacity to serve the 11-kilometre Evergreen Line, once it opens early next year linking Lougheed Station in Burnaby with Port Moody and Coquitlam.

Watch the video above for a preview of what to expect.

New Mark III Train.

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